Monday, August 27, 2012

Prescription Transfer Coupons and Gift Cards

If you're like me, you may have a few prescriptions to pick up each month.  If not, consider yourself lucky!

Since we recently moved, I was in the process of researching prescription costs at the different local pharmacies through my benefits provider.  What I found is that for all my prescriptions, all the big names, like Target, Publix, Walgreen's, CVS and Rite Aid are within about 50 cents of each other.  So for me, proximity and having a drive thru were the most important factors. 

What I also found is that many pharmacies offer coupons or gift cards to transfer in a new prescription and most accept competitor coupons. 

If you want to transfer prescriptions into Walgreen's, you could do it online via their website and get a $25 gift card in store for each prescription transferred when you pick up.  However, I wanted to do the opposite, I wanted to transfer prescriptions from Walgreen's to CVS, because CVS is closer. 

It is a little more difficult to find coupons that you can print online, however most stores include them in print ads or local newspapers or in-store.  I had some good luck the prior weekend.  I had to pick up a few things at Walgreen's and they were handing out the exact coupons I had been looking for online.  It was for the $25 free gift card and it looks exactly like this one, except it wasn't expired. 

So I called my doctor, had them switch one of my prescriptions over to CVS, walked in with the Walgreen's coupon and was handed a CVS $25 gift card.  The prescription was only $10, so I thought that was pretty sweet and it worked perfectly, no questions asked.  I plan to try and do the same with my each of my other prescriptions when I run out, assuming I can get more coupons by then. 

So, if you happen to have multiple pharmacies close by and want to save/make some $, or perhaps you are moving and just want to transfer to a closer pharmacy, definitely keep an eye out for those coupons!  $25 per prescription is the best one that I've found.

If you have a good relationship with your existing pharmacist, by all means, keep going to the same place and disregard this post.  However, if you're looking to make a switch for any reason, definitely take advantage of the free $$!


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